This year Sitges celebrates its 55th Grape Harvest Festival

27th October 2016 by webadmin
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This year Sitges celebrates its 55th Grape Harvest Festival

One of the highlights of the celebration is the Mostra de Vins Wine Fair taking place on 8 and 9 October and reaching its 10th year.

 

Sitges has everything ready to go to host the 55th Grape Harvest Festival, one of the fiestas on the local festivity calendar with the longest tradition. The events program, which will be mainly assembled in and around La Fragata Square, will begin on Saturday 8 October with the drawing competition open to all ages.
The Councilwoman for Economic Promotion, Tourism and Beaches, Aurora Carbonell, explains that “as we already observed in previous years, once again the Grape Harvest Festival arrives coinciding with one of the most important events and an international benchmark which is the Film Festival. In other words, we are combining different elements like culture and tradition. So we’re convinced that these days, Sitges will be an important magnet for many sectors”.
Subsequently, the Mostra de Vins Wine Fair will be opening, reaching its tenth year this year with a large number of wineries and activities packed into the weekend, when Sitges will be crawling with wine and film lovers. Because once again, the Grape Harvest Festival will be coinciding with the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
The Festival will be officially opening on Saturday, in the Gold Room at the Maricel Palace, at 8 in the evening, with the reading of the Grape Harvest proclamation, which will be done by actress Assumpta Serna this year.

10th Mostra de Vins Wine Fair
The Sitges Mostra de Vins Wine Fair will be installed at the Passeig de la Ribera seafront boulevard, in the Racó de la Fragata area, from 12:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 23:00 (Saturday), and 12:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 21:00 (Sunday). The Mostra de Vins is an outstanding Wine Fair offering wines and cavas from wineries from Sitges, the Garraf and the Penedès, complemented by cheese and pastry stands to accompany the wine. Activities will be offered in the Sala de Tast tasting room for all publics, highlighting the collaboration started last year with the Sitges Club de Tast Gourmet Club, a presentation of the Carretera del Vi Wine Road or the children’s activity “Viu la Vinya” (Come to the Vineyard), being held for the first time in Sitges. There will also be a musical section designed for all audiences, with DJ and chill-out sessions, or the traditional Habaneras. Among the exhibitors you’ll be able to see at the Mostra, there will be a joint stand with the 12 wineries that make up the Carretera del Vi wine road, that unites Sitges with Vilafranca and Sant Martí. There will also be a stand exclusively dedicated to premium cavas (reserve and grand reserve), thanks to Pimecava, the association of small and medium cava makers, who will present a wide-ranging selection of different wineries.
The Sala de Tast tasting room opens on Saturday 8 at 12:00 with the children’s activity “Viu la Vinya” (Come to the Vineyard), organized by the Mas Albornà foundation with the collaboration of Torres Wineries and through educational workshops and activities, it is aimed at bringing the vineyard, its traditions, sustainability and environmental care closer to our little ones. Saturday at 19:00 it will be the Sitges Club de Tast Gourmet Club’s turn, offering a pairing from the restaurants Esmarris-Dolce Sitges, Marenostrum, Los Vikingos and La Nansa, with wines from the Sant Joan Baptista Hospital in Sitges and Torres Wineries. This event will serve to present the Tasta Sitges Gourmet Food Festival that will be going on throughout the month of October at different restaurants around Sitges. Sunday at 12:00 is the traditional grape treaders’ competition, and at 19:00, the presentation of the Carretera del Vi, the country’s first “wine road” stretching from Sitges to Sant Martí Sarroca and passing through Vilafranca.
The tenth Sitges Mostra de Vins Wine Fair, an integral part of the traditional Sitges Grape Harvest Festival, celebrating its fifty-fifth year this year, is organized by the Sitges Town Council and Foment de Sitges and is sponsored by Torres Wineries.
Grape Harvest Festival Program
SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER

Drawing competition open to all ages
La Fragata Square, 11:00 to 13:00.
Mostra de Vins Wine Fair
La Fragata Square, 12:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 23:00.
Children’s activity “Viu la Vinya”. For children between the ages of 3 and 11.
Tasting marquee at La Fragata Square, 12:00 to 14:00.
Tasta Sitges Gourmet Food Pairing by the Sitges Club de Tast Gourmet Club.
Tasting marquee at La Fragata Square, 19:00 to 20:00.
Grape Harvest Proclamation read by actress Assumpta Serna
In the Maricel Palace’s Gold Room, 20:00.
Music session by DJ Jordi Vilella&friends
La Fragata Square, 20:00 to 23:00.

 

SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER

Parade of pubilles & hereus (festival maidens and their counterparts) to Baluard Square.
From Can Robert Park, 10:00.

First must pressing
Baluard Square, 10:45.

Offering of the first must to the Eucharist
Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla Parish Church, 11:00.
Mostra de Vins Wine Fair
La Fragata Square, 12:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 21:00.
Presented by, the Pep Plaza 38th grape traders’ competition
La Fragata Square, 130 h.
12th “Torres Grape Harvest Festival Trophy” Catalan Patin Regatta
Sitges Club Nàutic Yacht Club, 12:00

Weighing of the Pubilla & the Hereu with their equivalent in wine and the inauguration of the wine fountain that will remain open until 14:30.
Immediately afterwards,
Music session by DJ Jordi Vilella&friends
La Fragata Square, 17:00  19:00 h.
Habanera singing with flambéed Torres brandy
La Fragata Square, 19:00.
Carretera del Vi Wine Road Tasting
at the tasting marquee, La Fragata Square, 19:00 to 20:00

 

Mostra de Vins Wine Fair Participants:
Torres Wineries
Torres Chile
Jean Leon
7 Magnífics
Mas Bertran (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Rovellats (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Parés Baltà (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Colet Clàssic Penedès (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Torres Wineries (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
MasTinell (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Pinord Wineries (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Torreblanca – Grimau (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Finca Viladellops (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Torre del Veguer (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Clos Lentiscus (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Puig Batet (La Carretera del Vi Wine Road Stand)
Espai Cava Premium (Pimecava)
Finca Valldosera
Maset del Lleó
Sant Joan Baptista Hospital
Ave Maria Foundation
Formatgeria de Sitges
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